Milford Fish Hatchery
Acquisition History: The Milford Fish Hatchery was created in 1973 by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, with support from the National Marine Fisheries Service.
Description: Milford Fish Hatchery is bounded to the north by North River Road and to the south by the Souhegan River. The property slopes southward to, and is bisected by, Purgatory Brook. A large wetland complex connects Purgatory brook and the Souhegan River about a half mile before the brook empties into the river. The hatchery operation covers 10.5 acres, approximately 48 acres are wooded (mostly pine and some maple), 14 acres are a mix of brush and shrubland along the Souhegan River, and the remaining acreage is in agricultural fields that are farmed by a local farmer in cooperation with Fish and Game.
Common Wildlife: Wildlife associated with the wetland and riparian areas includes wood turtle and northern leopard frog, mink, and potentially smooth green snakes. Common wildlife species include deer, turkey, grouse, coyote, red-winged blackbirds, muskrat, and beaver.
Special Notes: The Milford Fish Hatchery is open to the public. Interactive educational exhibits relate to hatchery operations, fisheries management concerns, and the value of riparian areas. A short nature trail, constructed by the Milford Conservation Commission, follows along Purgatory Brook. Call the hatchery for more information: (603) 673-1416.
All waters above and below all state fish hatcheries, from a posted point 200 feet upstream, to a posted point 200 feet downstream, are closed to all fishing (Fis 402.05).
The field areas are annually stocked with pheasant each fall.
Directions: For Hunting/Hiking Access: From the intersection of Route 101A and Route 101 west of Milford, head north on North River Road. In approximately 0.5 mile, you will see an access road and parking area on your right.
To Hatchery Facility: From the intersection of Route 101A and Route 101 west of Milford, head north on North River Road. In approximately 0.75 mile, you will come to Fitch’s Corner. Take a right to stay on North River Road. The hatchery will be 0.5 mile up on your right.
DeLorme N.H. Atlas and Gazetteer coordinates: Page 21, 11 F
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